Food & Health

Animal Feed

Pulses are excellent sources of amino acids, the building blocks of protein, and energy supplied by carbohydrates. For these reasons, they are also a sought after commodity for animal diets. Three main areas of current use include pet food, aquaculture, and traditional livestock diets, including poultry, swine and cattle.

The amino acids in peas are highly digestible by swine and poultry and pea protein is highly degradable in ruminants. The energy value of peas for pigs is similar to high-energy grains such as corn and wheat, although the relative energy value for poultry is lower. The energy values for cattle are quite high and are comparable with cereal grains. Ruminants are able to digest all the pea components.

In the future, there will be an opportunity to market livestock products like beef, milk and eggs with an environmental sustainability message generated from the inclusion of pulses in the animal diets. This will not only create a new market for pulses but create new markets for the livestock industries as well serving the interest in low carbon footprint food products. The versatility of peas as a feed ingredient is evidenced by the range of diets into which they can be successfully incorporated, and are considered a multi-purpose feed ingredient. 

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